One ‘Ohana

By Julia Smith

When asked the question, “What is an experience or reflection that impacted you?” campers drew on the past four days to form a tapestry of shared experiences centralized around the theme of connecting through hardship.  Whether it is clambering up a 90 degree mountain or faced with impossible deadlines, the idea that resonates throughout the camp is that no matter how difficult an obstacle or deadline may be to meet, you can rely on your teammates in order to overcome and surpass your personal expectations and the expectations of others.  These abstract but profound experiences speak to what Nalukai means, weathering the storm of life and gaining wisdom and knowledge by overcoming obstacles.  Hunter Karas said, “[Nalukai] helped me to realize how being surrounded by likeminded individuals can bring the best out of us.”

More notable quotes from Nalukai students:

“It was inspiring and uplifting seeing a viable product and knowing that I could count on my group members to hold my back, like all the pieces of the puzzle are together.” -Irwin

“We were all in this together as a team. No matter what happens, no matter the trial, we can overcome the greatest obstacles.” -Abby

“[This] feeling has been reinforced even more so as we go on, experiencing Nalukai together as a cohort.” -Ilee

“Everyone has big dreams, and a variety of skillsets that all complement each other. Can't wait to see what everybody ends up doing, and to celebrate all of the successes that come from this group.” -Addison

 Nalukai 2018 campers stand in a circle for the morning wehena.  Photo by Gabriel Navalta.

Nalukai 2018 campers stand in a circle for the morning wehena.  Photo by Gabriel Navalta.

David Clarke